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Chemical leak injures one at BP’s Rotterdam Refinery

19 November 2020

A worker was injured during an incident involving hydrogen fluoride at BP’s Rotterdam Refinery on November 14. BP said that the release of hydrogen fluoride occurred late at night and led to one person receiving immediate treatment on-site.

BP refinery in Rotterdam - Image: Wikimedia / User:Zandcee
BP refinery in Rotterdam - Image: Wikimedia / User:Zandcee

In a statement, BP said that after receiving initial treatment from paramedics at the scene, the injured colleague was taken to a nearby hospital where they are “doing relatively well, given the circumstances.”

BP added that in response to the incident, the refinery’s safety systems, emergency procedures and emergency support services were launched. The refinery has water screens around the units to control and minimise exposure, among other safety precautions, the energy major said.

The incident was under control by 03:00 local time when the fire brigade left the scene and BP took control of the site.
BP said it has launched an investigation in close consultation with public authorities to fully understand the incident and is committed to addressing any issues that arise from the investigation.

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